use


use
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noun
1 using; being used
ADJECTIVE
considerable, extensive, great, heavy, liberal
full, maximum

He made full use of the opportunity to travel.

excessive

a style of writing with an excessive use of metaphor

increased, increasing
constant, continued, daily, everyday, frequent, regular, repeated, routine

the daily use of a deodorant

long-term, prolonged

There is a high risk of developing side effects from prolonged use of the drug.

lifetime

lifetime use of cigarettes

future

The prints remain on file for future use.

wide, widespread

a campaign to encourage wider use of public transport

common, current, general, normal, ordinary

This software is no longer in common use.

limited
occasional
effective, efficient, good, judicious, optimum

an efficient use of resources

Holding a party was not the best use of scarce funds.

an article with a judicious use of examples

The layout of the furniture makes optimum use of the space available.

appropriate, correct, fair, legitimate, proper

the fair use of copyrighted material

clever, innovative, skilful/skillful
selective
careful, safe
inappropriate, indiscriminate, poor
illegal, illicit, improper, unauthorized
sustainable

the sustainable use of natural resources

personal, private
external, internal

This antiseptic is for external use only.

home

fire extinguishers for home use

recreational
clinical, commercial, industrial, non-commercial
official
exclusive

for the exclusive use of club members

free

Guests have free use of the hotel pool.

immediate

Only half the land was fit for immediate use.

alcohol, drug, heroin, substance, etc.

Drug use in this age group is on the increase.

condom, contraceptive
pesticide
land
language
energy
Internet
VERB + USE
make

We made use of the car while you were away.

bring sth (back) into, come into

a technology which came into use at the end of the last century

go out of

The expression went out of use some time ago.

enable

Advances in battery technology would enable more widespread use of solar energy.

facilitate
allow, permit
legalize
ban, forbid, outlaw, prohibit

the first country to ban the use of antidepressants in children

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regulate
preclude
curb, curtail, limit, restrict
maximize, minimize
increase
decrease, reduce
discontinue

If side effects occur, discontinue use.

advocate, encourage, promote, recommend

I don't recommend the use of chemicals in home gardens.

condone, sanction
approve, endorse, favour/favor, support

The study showed that 75% of people favoured/favored the use of ID cards.

discourage, oppose
pioneer

the company which pioneered the use of screen savers as entertainment

justify

You can't justify the use of violence.

PREPOSITION
for use

This phone number is only for use in an emergency.

in use

The phone is in constant use.

PHRASES
ease of use

This model has been designed for greater ease of use.

for use as

The CD is intended for use as background music.

ready for use

This room is now ready for use.

2 purpose for which sth is used
ADJECTIVE
different
new
intended
potential

The product has several potential uses.

medicinal

Water was reserved for drinking or medicinal uses.

VERB + USE
have

This herb has a variety of uses.

find, put sth to

Can you find a use for this old table?

Don't throw that box away—I'm sure I could put it to some use.

PHRASES
a variety of uses
what use is … ?, what's the use of … ?

What use is a mouse without a computer?

What's the use of denying it?

3 ability/permission to use sth
ADJECTIVE
full

the full use of your mental faculties

VERB + USE
have

Since his stroke he hasn't had the use of his left hand.

give sb, offer (sb)

We gave them the use of our house while we were away.

deny sb

They denied us use of the college library.

lose
recover, regain

After a while she regained the use of her fingers.

PREPOSITION
use of

She lost the use of her legs in a car accident.

4 how useful sth is
ADJECTIVE
practical
VERB + USE
be of

Could this old coat be of use to you?

have

I have no use for my golf clubs any more.

PREPOSITION
of … use

It's of no practical use to me.

use to

Is it any use to you?

PHRASES
be no use

It's no use running—the train has already gone.

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verb
ADVERB
appropriately, correctly, properly

Credit cards, used appropriately, are a great financial tool.

effectively, efficiently, successfully
improperly (esp. BrE), inappropriately, indiscriminately
carefully, cautiously, judiciously, responsibly, selectively, sparingly

This paint is very expensive, so please use it sparingly.

safely
interchangeably, synonymously

‘Ethics’ and ‘morality’ are often used interchangeably.

concurrently, simultaneously
consistently, frequently, generally, habitually, normally, regularly, routinely, typically, usually

Do you habitually use display screen equipment in your job?

mainly, primarily

a technique that is pimarily used in eye surgery

exclusively

an etching technique used exclusively by Picasso

liberally
infrequently, occasionally, rarely
originally
conventionally, traditionally
commercially
up

The oil had all been used up.

VERB + USE
be easy to, be simple to

These garden shears are lightweight and easy to use.

be difficult to, be hard to
be ready to
be likely to, tend to

the factors that make people likely to use heroin

Manufacturers tend to use disks made in the US.

allow sb to, be entitled to, let sb, permit sb to

Candidates are not allowed to use dictionaries in the exam.

forbid sb to
teach sb to
PREPOSITION
as

The church is sometimes used as a concert venue.

for

chemicals that are used for cleaning

PHRASES
permission to use sth
Use is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑device, ↑experiment, ↑method, ↑recipe, ↑trial
Use is used with these nouns as the object: ↑abbreviation, ↑acupuncture, ↑agent, ↑airport, ↑airspace, ↑alias, ↑ammunition, ↑anaesthetic, ↑analogy, ↑appliance, ↑application, ↑approach, ↑argument, ↑asset, ↑authority, ↑axe, ↑balance, ↑bathroom, ↑baton, ↑battery, ↑binoculars, ↑birth control, ↑brain, ↑brake, ↑breed, ↑brick, ↑broom, ↑brush, ↑bus, ↑camera, ↑cannabis, ↑card, ↑caution, ↑cellphone, ↑channel, ↑charcoal, ↑charm, ↑checklist, ↑chemical, ↑chip, ↑cliché, ↑clout, ↑coal, ↑cocaine, ↑code, ↑coke, ↑comb, ↑command, ↑common sense, ↑compass, ↑computer, ↑condom, ↑connection, ↑consultant, ↑contact, ↑contraception, ↑contraceptive, ↑contractor, ↑cosmetic, ↑coupon, ↑courier, ↑crayon, ↑creativity, ↑credit, ↑credit card, ↑criterion, ↑crutch, ↑cunning, ↑currency, ↑data, ↑database, ↑deception, ↑definition, ↑design, ↑device, ↑dictionary, ↑diesel, ↑diplomacy, ↑discretion, ↑distraction, ↑dye, ↑dynamite, ↑electricity, ↑elevator, ↑email, ↑encouragement, ↑encyclopedia, ↑energy, ↑entrance, ↑equipment, ↑escalator, ↑essence, ↑example, ↑experience, ↑expertise, ↑explosive, ↑expression, ↑facility, ↑ferry, ↑fertilizer, ↑firearm, ↑fist, ↑flannel, ↑flash, ↑flattery, ↑flavouring, ↑flour, ↑footpath, ↑force, ↑fork, ↑format, ↑formula, ↑fuel, ↑fund, ↑gadget, ↑gasoline, ↑gun, ↑hammer, ↑handkerchief, ↑hardware, ↑head, ↑heat, ↑heating, ↑herb, ↑highway, ↑humour, ↑hypnosis, ↑image, ↑imagery, ↑imagination, ↑influence, ↑information, ↑ingenuity, ↑ingredient, ↑initial, ↑initiative, ↑ink, ↑instrument, ↑intellect, ↑intelligence, ↑Internet, ↑intuition, ↑iron, ↑jargon, ↑judgement, ↑key, ↑knife, ↑knowledge, ↑label, ↑language, ↑laser, ↑lavatory, ↑leave, ↑library, ↑lighting, ↑logic, ↑loo, ↑loophole, ↑lotion, ↑machine, ↑machinery, ↑magic, ↑make-up, ↑manipulation, ↑manoeuvre, ↑manual, ↑map, ↑material, ↑means, ↑measure, ↑metaphor, ↑method, ↑microphone, ↑mirror, ↑missile, ↑mobile phone, ↑mode, ↑model, ↑mould, ↑mouse, ↑muscle, ↑name, ↑narcotic, ↑needle, ↑network, ↑nickname, ↑oil, ↑ointment, ↑opportunity, ↑package, ↑parachute, ↑pass, ↑pedal, ↑pen, ↑pencil, ↑perfume, ↑persuasion, ↑petrol, ↑phone, ↑phrase, ↑pill, ↑position, ↑potty, ↑power, ↑practice, ↑precaution, ↑premises, ↑prerogative, ↑procedure, ↑proceeds, ↑product, ↑program, ↑projector, ↑prostitute, ↑pseudonym, ↑ration, ↑razor, ↑reasoning, ↑recipe, ↑regimen, ↑remedy, ↑repetition, ↑replay, ↑reserve, ↑resource, ↑restraint, ↑restroom, ↑revenue, ↑rhetoric, ↑rinse, ↑route, ↑rule, ↑sanction, ↑saving, ↑scale, ↑scheme, ↑scissors, ↑sedative, ↑service, ↑shampoo, ↑sheet, ↑sign, ↑simulation, ↑skill, ↑slang, ↑slave, ↑slogan, ↑soap, ↑software, ↑sound, ↑space, ↑spade, ↑spear, ↑spelling, ↑spoon, ↑spray, ↑spreadsheet, ↑stair, ↑staircase, ↑stereotype, ↑stitch, ↑strategy, ↑strength, ↑style, ↑substance, ↑subway, ↑supply, ↑surname, ↑surrogate, ↑swear word, ↑syllabus, ↑symbol, ↑symbolism, ↑syringe, ↑system, ↑tact, ↑tactic, ↑talent, ↑tank, ↑tape, ↑technique, ↑technology, ↑telephone, ↑telescope, ↑tense, ↑term, ↑terminal, ↑terminology, ↑terror, ↑test, ↑theory, ↑thinking, ↑time, ↑tip, ↑tissue, ↑tobacco, ↑toilet, ↑tone, ↑tool, ↑tractor, ↑train, ↑transport, ↑transportation, ↑trick, ↑tunnel, ↑type, ↑vacation, ↑verb, ↑veto, ↑violence, ↑vocabulary, ↑voucher, ↑washcloth, ↑weapon, ↑web, ↑website, ↑wheelchair, ↑whip, ↑wit, ↑word, ↑wording, ↑yarn

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